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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Synthy iPad Player

Posted by Mikers On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (15)There could be many reasons for someone to need a keyboard or synth at a certain moment, and with Synthy iPad Player you can have one on your iPhone, in your pocket. With its amazing compatibility and customizable features it’s not hard for someone to fall in love with Synthy iPad Player. Boat load of customizable features gives the user a perfect opportunity to create the perfect sound they are looking for.

Go ahead, be an artist and create your own songs right in the palm of your hand. Easily record your own work right there and save it for future reference, with an unlimited amount of time for recording there is no limit on what you can record!
Features include:

2 oscillators
Oscillator frequency fine tune
Variable glide rates
Modulation amount and lfo rate
Volume envelope generators for – attack, sustain, release, delay
Frequency filter cut offs
Resonance
Filter envelope generators for – attack, sustain, release ,delay
Adjustable arpeggio with variable octaves and step mode

Synthy iPad Player (AppStore Link) Synthy iPad Player
Developer: Amy Faulkner
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Final Touch (finally) debuts!

Posted by Mikers On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

I’ve been lucky enough to have been on the beta testing team for this excellent iPad app over the past moth or so, and really enjoyed watching it take final shape. I’ll aim to do a review in the next few days, but for now here’s the official word from it’s maker, Positive Grid -

view_imagePositive Grid, leading innovator in music technology and maker of #1 selling mobile apps BIAS and JamUp, proudly announce the release of Final Touch – Complete Mastering System for iPad, a professional mastering suite that combines nuanced techniques of mastering with Positive Grid’s expertise on mobile design, offering the highest mastering control, precision and flexibility possible on an iPad.

“Final Touch allows musicians, producers and engineers to master audio recording with the industry’s standards: maximizer, pre and post equalizer, multiband dynamics, stereo imaging, reverb and dithering controls are all just one finger tap away”, says Positive Grid Marketing Manager Jaime Ruchman. “And now they will be able to continue their mastering sessions literally anywhere, with the same sound quality as a top notch professional mastering studio, enhancing productivity to its maximum.”

Final Touch combines seven essential mastering tools into one integrated system, the Pre and Post linear phase EQ modules consist of eight independent bands, each providing a choice of five different types of parametric filters: Hi-Pass, Low-Shelf, Peak, Hi-Shelf and Low-Pass. The Dynamics  module offer highly flexible stereo/mid-side multiband compressor/limiter. The Stereo Imaging module adjusts the width of your mix, corrects L/R channel imbalances and checks mono compatibility. The Reverb module offers flattering room, hall and plate algorithms to sweeten overly dry mixes, providing continuously variable controls for independently adjusting Pre-Delay, Decay Time, Early Reflections and Room Size. The Maximizer module limits peaks and raises the average level of your mix, thereby increasing loudness. Comprehensive dither and noise-shaping options are also provided in this module.

Once your master is perfectly dialed, a couple taps are all it takes to share it via email, Dropbox, iTunes and SoundCloud.

“A great mastering app” - Rafa Sardina, 12-time GRAMMY award winning producer and engineer, whose credits include Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and more.

“Solid, accurate and accessible.”- German Villacorta, mastering engineer and owner of Dynamic Wave Studios, whose credits include Ozzy Osbourne, The Rolling Stones, Rage Against The Machine, and more.

“Finally the professional mastering app for iPad I have been waiting for! With a clear and intuitive interface, streamlined workflow, powerful effects, and full cloud support this app makes professional mobile mastering a reality!” - Andrea Pejrolo, Assistant Chair of the Production Department at Berklee College of Music.

“I’m really digging the open top end of the EQ section and how the Maximizer is glueing this mix together. This is a flexible, very cool audio app for modern musicians on the go.” - Enrique Gonzalez Muller, GRAMMY award winning producer and engineer, whose credits include Nine Inch Nails, Dave Matthews Band, Tina Turner, and more.

Key Features:

• Complete professional mastering system powered by Positive Grid’s high-end signal-processing algorithms

• Linear Phase Pre and Post Equalizers, each offering eight bands and five filter types

• Multiband Dynamics with four independent bands of compression/limiting

• Stereo Imager adjusts the width and balance of your mix’s soundstage

• Reverb provides state-of-the-art Room, Hall and Plate algorithms

• Maximizer transparently limits peaks to make your mix louder

• Dithering and Noise-Shaping preserves your mix’s depth and nuance

• Stereo and mid-side processing

• High-resolution, multi-colored metering with accurate readouts

• Each module can be independently bypassed

• Bypass switches for individual EQ bands

• Left, right, mid and side channels can be independently soloed or bypassed

• Waveform overview of your mix, with draggable playback cursor

• 100 factory presets and unlimited user presets

• Global and module-based presets

• Drag and drop modules to rearrange their order in the signal path

• Pristine, high-resolution sound (double-precision, 64-bit calculation)

• Unmatched audio-data integrity: no rounding or truncation except when calculations are performed

• Share via Email, Dropbox, iTunes, SoundCloud and FTP

• Streamlined project management: browse multiple projects with one simple tap

• Workflow optimized for mobile and desktop data transfers

• Supports Inter App Audio and Audiobus routing system (works with many other audio apps)

• Supports iPad 2, iPad mini and newer iPad devices

• Designed for iOS 7

Final Touch retails for $19.99 and is immediately available for download at the iTunes App Store. Designed for iOS7, the app requires an iPad 2 or newer to operate.

For more details, visit www.positivegrid.com or follow the company via Twitter (@PositiveGrid) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/positivegrid).

Final Touch - Complete Mastering System (AppStore Link) Final Touch - Complete Mastering System
Developer: Positive Grid Inc
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

Mixbox

Posted by Mikers On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (14)Make music from music with Mixbox! Create remixes and mashups using songs from your iPad with this simple and colorful app.

- Automatically mix and match songs from your iPad.
- Split up songs and rearrange them as you like.
- No training necessary – Mixbox makes it easy for anyone to make new music.
- Save your creations to email or iTunes.
- Add audio effects like distortion, reverb and delay.
- Comes with pre-made sample clips that sound great with any song.
- Mixbox beatmatches and pitch-corrects your music to make your creations sound professionally made.

Mixbox (AppStore Link) Mixbox
Developer: Peter Sobot
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Synth 76477

Posted by Mikers On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (12)Synth 76477 is a powerful sound effects generator and synthesizer app, inspired by the famous SN76477 integrated circuit from the 1970s, but containing many enhancements.
Features:

• Three oscillators, each of which can produce a sine, triangle, sawtooth, or square wave
• The outputs of two of the oscillators can be used to modulate the main oscillator
• Frequency modulation can be linear or octave based
• The duty cycle of the main oscillator can be adjusted in square wave mode
• Noise generator, either analog or digital, with an adjustable low pass filter
• Oscillator outputs can be mixed to the audio output
• Fully configurable ADSR (Attack / Decay / Sustain / Release) envelope, linear or exponential
• One shot mode available
• Unlimited number of sound effect generator boards
• User configurable array of sound effect generator buttons on each board, up to 50 on the iPhone and 150 on the iPad
• Boards as well as individual generators can be exported and imported, and transfered to and from your computer via iTunes file sharing, making it easy to share with others

Synth 76477 comes with a full set of sample sound generators, making it easy to understand how to use and configure them, and tap the full power of the app.

Note that Synth 76477 does not presently run in the background.

Buy your copy right now, and start generating your own sound effects in minutes.

App’s homepage - http://www.blackcatsystems.com/ipad/complex_sound_synthesizer.html

Cool tutorial demo video -

Synth 76477 Complex Sound Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Synth 76477 Complex Sound Synthesizer
Developer: Black Cat Systems
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

BOOM 808!

Posted by Mikers On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Boom 808 integrates one of the most popular drum machines of the 80’s into the modern mobile producers workflow.

screen480x480 (10)With Boom 808, getting the classic 808 drum sounds into your music has never been easier. Audiobus compatibility, background audio, and audio export options allow Boom 808 to fit into your music without slowing you down.

Personalize your beats with the sound of the 808!

Features:
• Step sequencer
• High fidelity audio
• CoreMIDI
• Audiobus and background audio modes
• Record and export live performance to Soundcloud, Audio Copy, email and iTunes file sharing
• Compressor
• Swing
• Overdrive

Boom 808 provides the superb audio quality found in our other Pulse Code apps. Along with the classic drum sounds, Boom 808 has a built in compressor that is tuned to add punch to your drum beats. Soft saturation overdrive rounds out the signal chain adding warm crunch to your beats.

Using Boom 808 with Audiobus allows you to add any number of Audiobus compatible effects as well as record your beats into the app of your choice. Writing beats is easy by using the internal step sequencer or trigger the drums with CoreMIDI. Control your groove with two swing variations.

BOOM 808! (AppStore Link) BOOM 808!
Developer: Pulse Code, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

HDS iSound

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (9)Your anticipated Accordion & ” Oberkrainer” app for folk music accordion players, finally available on the App Store!

The app supports Apple ‘s “inter- app audio ” (requires iOS7 ) and ” JACK Audo Connection Kit” (up to iOS 6.1.3 ) for audio & MIDI from / to other apps.

The HDS iSound app offers a very realistic and authentic sound reproduction, using a very large high-quality sample library. By real-time streaming the sounds, the audio samples can be played in very high polyphony and low latency of only 5ms.

Sound features of the standard app:

- 2 high quality accordions
Accordion folk music
Styrian ( Diatonic )
- 1 great jazz guitar for the accompaniment of the
left hand with Major / Minor / Sept . / Deminished
- 2 Baritone variations
for the bass in short / long version **

More sound variations and sound packs as In-App purchases available

[ Accordion - Pack]
with other typical alpine accordion as Styrian , 3 – and 5- reeds Accordion

[Guitars - Pack]
3 more excellent guitar samples for the companion guide ( Major / Minor / Sept . / Deminished)

[ Baritone - Pack]
2 additional baritone bass for the bass side

Polyphony up to 120 stereo voices ***
- Configurable audio latency down to 5ms
- Built-in DSP effects with 17 presets
- App can keep running in the background, so you can play and at the same time, for example, with another app, show sheets or lyrics or play back MP3s.
- Supports Apple ‘s “inter – app audio ” system (iOS7) for audio & MIDI streaming to / from other apps.
- Supports ” JACK Audio Connection Kit ” (up to iOS 6.1.3) for audio & MIDI streaming to / from other apps.

MIDI Player / Recorder:

You can record and play with the built-in MIDI Recorder to save and upload songs in Standard MIDI file format
- unlimited number of tracks
- 16 separate MIDI channels, assignable individually for each track
- unlimited recording and playback time
- You can load SMF MIDI files to your device using the iTunes software
- You can use Midi Files – for example, fresh music-
Playalongs **** – in the app and you will see on
the virtual keyboard which notes are played.

- Use the unique “Tempo – Zoom” slider to, i.e. for slowing down songs in order to learn them easier.

*** Polyphony depends on the used Model of the unit . You will find a Polyphony table on our product website.

**** Fresh music- play-alongs are specifically composed for iSound, customized Midi Files with learning factor – for further informations, please visit our product page.

Note : Please note that this app requires a lot of hardware resources . If you encounter problems with the app , please close all running applications in the background by pressing twice on the “Home” button and in the list of displayed apps hold onto a tap and – then press the ” minus sign ” in the corner , to close this application. Then close all other apps.

iVCS3

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (4)iVCS3 - Official EMS VCS3 emulator

The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.
The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3′s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.

Description

The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
Keyboards controller

DK1 keyboard controller

Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.

 

iVCS3 (AppStore Link) iVCS3
Developer: Alessandro Petrolati
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

Flying Haggis – Guitar Amp

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Put the fun back in your playing with Flying Haggis – the distinctive guitar amp for discerning guitarists.

Simply plug in your guitar via any iOS compatible interface (eg IK Multimedia iRig, Apogee Jam) and start playing. Or, connect via Audiobus for additional multi-fx possibilities!

Flying Haggis is an all-original amp design with great tones, a nice selection of vintage fx, and a no nonsense interface with all the pick-up-and-play appeal of real hardware. There are no complex menus or screens to navigate. There are no in-app purchases or advertising to distract you. Just start up the app, plug in your guitar, and play.

Don’t take our word for it – visit our website to hear examples of Flying Haggis in action!

With a realistic vintage tone stack, multi-stage preamp, 6 speaker cabinets and 4 mic positions, you can quickly dial in a massive range of amp tones. The vintage style stompboxes (drawn from db audioware’s extensive fx library) and stereo reverb complete your sound.

Audiobus compatibility lets you record Flying Haggis output directly into any compatible app, or process your synths or drums using Flying Haggis as an Audiobus effect.

Flying Haggis can also be controlled from any iOS compatible MIDI device. This lets you easily switch presets and manually control any amp parameter from real knobs or sliders.

For mor details check here - http://www.db-audioware.com/flying-haggis

Flying Haggis - Guitar Amp (AppStore Link) Flying Haggis - Guitar Amp
Developer: db audioware ltd
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here

microTERA

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (2)Waveshaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping, it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.

These simple method creates an astonishing variety of sounds which are very unique and can’t be reproduced by any other contemporary synth!

microTERA gives you also a method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice! Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised…

Waveshaping Synthesis

• Wavehaper with user programmable shape
• Spectral shape specification
• Three sine oscillators
• Feedback input for noise components
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Envelopes with tempo sync
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with 16 voices.
• Over 150 factory sounds

• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Can trigger single notes and chords.
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible.
• For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order

Effects

• Chorus
• Phaser
• Distortion (Tape/Tube/…)
• Echo/Delay
• Reverb

Global

• Audiobus compatible (Input slot)
• Inter App Audio compatible.
• CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI
• Audio recorder with Metronome.
• Upload to SoundCloud and File Export.
• Audio pasteboard.

rrarrow

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480rrarrow is the experimental modular audio effect and noise machine for the iPad featuring extended feedback capabilities.

Key features:
- Simplicity. The interface is simplified for faster assembly and more flexible connectivity — you can assemble your effect very fast and control all the processing parameters with the audio signal!
- Feedback capabilities. You can add feedbacks to the audio chain to get some chaotic noise sounds .
- Twelve blocks for audio processing:

- Sine generator. Basic oscillator with sine waveform
- Signal multiplier
- Delay
- Frequency shifter
- Envelope follower
- “Lorenz attractor”
- Quantizer
- Sample-and-hold
- Reverb
- Special Lowpass filter
- Clipper
- Nonlinear shaper (for self-oscillating circuit)

- Audiobus support. Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information. Works as input and filter.
- Background audio support: enabled when connected to Audiobus and user switchable otherwise.

rrarrow (AppStore Link) rrarrow
Developer: Alexey Nadzharov
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here
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